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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - What Increases Your Risk

A risk factor is anything that increases your chances of getting sick or having a problem. Risk factors for PMS include:

  • A family history of PMS.
  • Age. PMS becomes more common as women age through their 30s, and symptoms sometimes get worse over time.
  • Anxiety, depression, or other mental health problems. This is a significant risk factor for premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
  • Lack of exercise.
  • High stress.
  • A diet low in vitamin B6, calcium, or magnesium.
  • High caffeine intake.
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Last Updated: June 08, 2012
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